The word would fit within the following context:

I found the ______ of my search.

I know there there is a simple word which describes an object which is being searched for, but I just can't remember what it was.

  • Normally I'd use "object" in the above sentence.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 12, 2015 at 4:15

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Quarry to use a hunting metaphor, object to be more literal.


Target or object. It is what you are aiming at or looking for.


Quaesitum is defined as something sought after, if you want to be fancy :)

That which is sought; the answer to a problem.

from: Lexico

: something sought for : end, objective

our intuition that one of the ideas … is, at last, our quaesitum— William James

from: Merriam-Webster

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    This would be improved by including a dictionary reference for the definition. Jun 13, 2020 at 22:37

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